Healing Racism Book Club
90-minute, bi-weekly, interactive discussions on various books
- 1 hr 30 min1 hour 30 minutes
- Online Discussion Meetings
Have you been looking for a place to talk about frustrating and racialized situations in real life or on social media? Have you ever wondered what people mean by "it's not enough to be just 'not racist,' you have to be 'anti-racist,'" or why people get upset by phrases like: "I don't see color" or "all lives matter"? Or have you been upset by people using those phrases? Then this club might be for you! In fact this book club is open to anyone who wants to read the books we select and discuss their ideas. The nationwide protests over the past month have underscored this country’s pervasive racial divisions, and revealed how institutions, official policies, and our own implicit biases perpetuate these injustices. We will start this book club with Ibram X. Kendi's 2019 book How to Be an Anti-Racist. How to Be an Anti-Racist lays out the historical events, social theory, community struggles, and lived experiences that have informed Kendi's understanding of being Black in America, and it serves as a guide to readers for understanding their own social location and privilege. The Fairbanks Community Care Collective and Blossom House will host and facilitate this book club on Zoom in 90-minute, bi-weekly, interactive group discussions online. Whether you're new to this type of thinking or reading the book again, please join us for these facilitated discussions which will include: • Group consensus agreements for how to hold safer conversations around race • Opportunities for reflection in writing exercises and journaling • Optional breakout discussions in one-to-one or small-group formats • Guided tools for nervous system regulation and repair like: mindful grounding, breath awareness practice, and opportunities for movement Participation in this book club is FREE and open to anyone. Other subsequent books may include Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation by Rev. angel Kyodo Williams, Lama Rod Owens, and Jasmine Syedullah Ph.D., Skill in Action by Michelle C. Johnson, and My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem.
Blossom House holds a "stay home and stay warm" policy if it is colder than -25° F. In that event, classes will be cancelled. Likewise, if there is freezing rain or heavy snow in progress, "stay home and stay safe." In the event that an event is cancelled, the facilitator will contact all participants to let them know. Barring emergencies or sudden inclement weather, at least 24-hours advanced notice will be provided. Any prepaid class that is cancelled will result in either rescheduling or a refund. Private appointments may be cancelled by clients without charge up to 24 hours before the appointment by contacting their individual facilitator directly. Individual facilitator's email information can be found on the contact page. Clients making cancellations within 24 hours of the appointment will be charged $35.
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